TWO BADLY BURNED IN OIL WELL BLAST – Accumulated Gas Explodes at Oklahoma City. OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 10 (AP) – An oil well explosion inflicted critical burns to W. S.Lawson, 23, and E. J. Baird, 35, here tonight. The men were working on the well when accumulated gas in the “cellar” became ignited. Baird was blown 50 feet. Hospital attendants said Lawson was burned internally, apparently having sucked flames into his mouth. Baird’s body was burned severely in some places. Firemen extinguished the well after an hour’s fighting. Because curious automobile drivers flocked toward the well, impeding fire trucks, police scouts were ordered to place traffic tags on all cars within a quarter-mile of the blazing well.
USED CAR DEALER IS SHOT TO DEATH – Jack Cross, Chickasha, Is Found Dead on Highway. CHICKASHA, Sept 10 (AP) – An inquest was scheduled for tomorrow morning in the death of Jack Cross, 47, used car dealer, who was found shot four times in the chest on a road near here early today. A report of Dr. L. E. Woods, county physician, said one of the four bullets pierced Cross’ heart. Francis Dillard, an employee at the Cross automobile lot, told officers Cross said he was going to Hobart. Later, Dillard said, he received a telephone call from a man at a tourist camp east of Chickasha, who said he was talking at Cross’ request. Dillard said he became suspicious since the call indicated Cross was going east, when he had intended to drive west toward Hobart. Dillard investigated and found Cross’ body. Investigators said Cross had a pistol in one hand and a comb in the other when his body was found.
STATE PLAN NOT OPPOSED BY TOWNSEND ADVOCATES. Speaking in behalf of members of the Townsend old age pension plan in Tulsa county, Mrs. T. C. Hughes, president of the Women’s Jeffersonian Democratic club Tuesday denied that the group ever opposed the state plan for which initiative petitions were circulated. “The Townsend group never opposed any pension plan,” Mrs. Hughes explained. “Townsend advocates merely were working on their own pension program and didn’t have the time to devote to another plan.”
SPEAKER LEON PHILLIPS CONFINED TO HOME. Word that Speaker Leon C. Phillips of the state’s lower legislative house is suffering from erysipelas and confined to his home at Okemah was received in the state capitol today. It was indicated that Phillips may be confined for some time, although physicians made no announcement, so far as could be learned here, as to his condition.
The only cushioned seat in the county clerk’s office belongs to Clerk Andy Stokes, the veteran official who spends his spare time on horseback.
Miss Aimee Whitman was the only paid woman lifeguard in Oklahoma this summer, as far as she can find out. Miss Whitman, physical education director of the Y. W. C. A., was stationed at Camp Parthenia.
Seen at Fourth and Main at midnight: Two deaf mutes engaged in a violent digital argument.
Indelible Ed – Attorney Font Allen can tell the time again because Patrolman Ed VonHolton won’t let time dull his memory. The lawyer loaned his son, Harvey Allen, his $75 wristwatch in 1930. It was stolen from the youth’s locker in Central high school building. Serial numbers of the missing watch were furnished police. VonHolton memorized the numbers, and on an inspection trip through “pawnshop row” here Tuesday he found the missing timepiece.
APPROVAL RECEIVED FOR HEALTH BUDGET – County Excise Board Allows $5,600 for Dr. Kramer. The county excise board Tuesday approved a $5,600 appropriation for Dr. Allen C. Kramer, county health superintendent. Although the county commissioner favored allowing Dr. Kramer an appropriation of $4,900, the excise board decided to increase it to the $5,600 limit, although this was below the $9,600 asked by the superintendent. Of the appropriation allowed, $1,500 is for Doctor Kramer’s salary; $600 for his expenses; $2,100 for the salary and expenses of an inspector; $900 for a nurse’s salary and $500 for supplies. John H. Miller, chairman of the county commission, told the excise board that state health authorities assured him they would continue providing free vaccine for Tulsa county residents.
OWNERS OF CAFES WARNED BY CITY – Cream Made of Butter May Not Be Sold, Is Ruling. Warning against the use of cream made from butter, powdered milk and water through the use of a viscolizer machine was issued to café owners Tuesday by Dr. J. Jeff Billington, city physician, after R. G. Ross, city milk inspector and W. J. Wyatt, of the state health department had investigated reports of prospective sales of the machines in the city. “So far as I know,” Doctor Billington said, “the fat content of cream made this way probably equals that approved by the city, but until such cream is approved by the standard ordinances in Washington, we can’t allow its sale here.” Dr. Billington pointed the requirement that only graded products may be sold in fluid milk supply and that butter is not made from graded milk. Persons who sell cream made from butter are therefore liable to the usual penalties of arrest and the closing of their establishments, he said. The salesman was quoted by Ross and Wyatt as having told some of his prospective customers that he expected to install 10 viscolizing machines in Tulsa next week.
56 AUTOS ARE SEIZED – Tax Group Continues to Impound Delinquent Machines. Enforcement officers for the state tax commission continued to seize automobiles bearing delinquent tags Tuesday. A total of 56 motorcars have been impounded since August 1, the deadline for the purchase of 1935 license plates. According to Eugene S. Adkins, county tag agent, virtually all delinquent machines have been checked or seized by the tax officers.